GSEAA Mentoring Program

University at Buffalo
Graduate School of Education Alumni Association

Mentoring Program

Introduction

The Graduate School of Education Alumni Association (GSEAA) recognizes that education is an ever changing and increasingly complex institution. Given that premise, the need for students and alumni to develop professional networking opportunities emerges as a process for engaging in effective communication and problem solving. As one component of a professional network, GSEAA offers a mentoring program for Graduate School of Education (GSE) students and alumni. This program exists as an extension of the University at Buffalo Alumni Association mentoring program.

Program Purpose

In the spirit of UB 2020 goals and the GSE Themes for Future Academic Excellence, the GSEAA mentoring program is designed to create an environment in which alumni and students can interact in a variety of ways to enhance professional growth. Our goal is to connect students and alumni both virtually and in person in order to strengthen community ties, communication, and career development.

Program Objectives

The following objectives are designed to assist students and alumni in professional development and employment related matters:

  1. To assist current students and alumni with gaining education specific employability skills not offered through traditional university programming.
  2. To provide information concerning opportunities for professional development in the various areas of education.
  3. To facilitate knowledge of and interaction between and among the various career components in the field of education.
  4. To provide professionals with opportunities for collaboration within, between, and among the various career components in the field of education.

General Program Design

The following represent the general program design for developing learning experiences that will result in demonstrated professional growth during and at the conclusion of the mentoring experience:

  1. A formal professional growth needs assessment will be developed based on input gathered from initial communication between mentor and mentee.
  2. Mentoring goals will be established through mentor/mentee collaboration based on the professional growth needs assessment.
  3. Strategies for meeting mentoring goals will be collaboratively developed. Examples of mentoring services include but are not limited to resume/curriculum vitae development, portfolio construction, improvement in employability, required verbal and/or written communication skills, and involvement in appropriate professional development activities.
  4. Mentor and mentee will establish initial timelines and level of mentoring intensity based on professional needs, goals, and strategies to be employed. It is suggested that the mentoring experience continue for a minimum of one year with the level of intensity to be determined upon progress towards professional growth goal completion.
  5. At the conclusion of the formal mentoring process, mentor and mentee are expected to complete a survey evaluation of the mentoring experience.

Program Process

The following steps represent the specific process to be used to initiate and complete the mentoring experience:

  1. Each GSE alumnus interested in becoming a mentor will complete a Mentor Profile Form.
  2. Each mentee (GSE student or alumnus) interested in working with a mentor will review the Mentor List to identify a mentor he/she would like to work with based on similar degree, department, and career field.
  3. The mentee will contact the potential mentor and once a mentor/mentee relationship has been verified, the mentoring process will begin.
  4. The mentee will complete a Needs Assessment/Goals Form. The mentee will email this completed form to his/her mentor.
  5. The mentor will email the menteeā€™s name, department and/or career field, email address, and completed needs assessment/goals form to the mentoring program coordinator (name and email address below). The mentoring program coordinator will maintain records concerning each mentor/mentee relationship.
  6. Each mentor and mentee will follow the process outlined in the General Program Design section of this document.
  7. Each mentor and mentee will complete a survey evaluation at the conclusion of the mentoring experience:   Mentor Survey   Mentee Survey

Mentoring Program Coordinator Contact

Louis Altman
lnaltman@buffalo.edu